Banu Awf

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The Banu Awf (Arabic: بنو عوف‎, Banu ‘Awf) was one of the Jewish tribes of Arabia during Muhammad's era.[1]

The Banu Awf was an Arab tribe who wished to settle in the Jewish-ruled Tayma. The local people in Tayma insisted as a condition of settling in Tayma, Banu Awf must adopt Judaism. After having done so, they moved on to Yathrib.[2]

They were included in Point 25 of the Constitution of Medina as allies to the Muslims, being as "one nation", but retaining their Jewish religion.[3][4]


  1. ^ MPACUK Archived 2005-02-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Moshe Gil, "The Origins of the Jews of Yathrib," J.S.A.I. 4 (1984):210f
  3. ^ Constitution_of_Medina s:Constitution of Medina
  4. ^ Archived May 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.